A pottery studio in St Civran, France

Welcome to this blog about the quiet rural life in the Berry Province of France where I have tried to open a pottery studio to hobby potters.
Your comments will be appreciated.

07 December 2009


April 2009 : Workshop revival... perhaps... I'm thinking about it. Slowly sorting out the mess in the barn that used to be my pottery studio. But yes, I am thinking about opening up again.

I could, for instance, offer a week package with 6 afternoons work on the potter's wheel, plus accomodation in a guest bedroom in the house attached to the studio. Or, let people choose how long they want to stay and break it up as:
€20,- for a half day work, morning or afternoon, in the pottery studio
€30,- for a night's accomodation in the house
€50,- per day all told, except for food expenses.

It means a comfortable and pleasant holiday in a quiet village at a minimum expense:
250 Euros for 5 days
300 Euros for 6 days
500 Euros for 10 days

This would cover 'work on the potter's wheel', i.e. access to the studio to work on the wheel, for half a day only, mornings or afternoons as best suited. I would be there to guide and give advice, but not to teach or coach as such. Potteries made in the workshop would not be fired. The hobby potter would be free to either destroy them before leaving, or take them away in their 'green' state, or leave them behind. This offer is for hobby potters who already have some basic knowledge of work on the potter's wheel and wish to spend time practising, as well as spend a quiet holiday in the countryside.

It would also cover 'accomodation', i.e. access to the house to sleep in a self contained double bedroom downstairs with access to the bathroom upstairs, as well as access to the kitchen to prepare meals if needed. Restaurants can be found within 10 km.

I could only take one hobby potter at a time since I now have one single potter's wheel. The fees would be payable on arrival. It would not cover food cost. Accomodation for a partner would be an extra 20 euros per day.

There's a new business registration system on offer by the government in France at the moment. It is called 'auto entreprise' and it is done direct on internet. I'll try that. Maybe.

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